Thursday, 13 December, 2018


India vs Australia: Australia still the favourites, says Ajinkya Rahane

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Noah Ferguson | 06 December, 2018, 11:15

Paine said given the current conditions, his side was inclined to bat first should it win the toss Thursday morning.

"Just being out on Adelaide Oval, in the sunshine, under a nice blue sky and running around with his heroes - who, to a man, were all really moved by his story - it should be terrific for everyone".

Many will be curious about what to expect.

Kohli has fought fire with fire in previous battles with Australia, rowing over all manner of subjects and essentially alleging past year that Australia were systematically cheating when it came to the Decision Review System (DRS).

Smith's batting reached another level after succeeding Michael Clarke as captain in 2015.

According to a report in India Today, Watson feels even though this is India's best chance with the pair not participating, still the visitors will find things incredibly challenging on Australian soil.

"And clearly we've realised that we needed to do some work in some areas and gaining the respect of our country and our fans is as high a priority as is winning". Cricviz figures show Kohli averages 46.28 against full deliveries compared to 66.33 against good length balls and 69.33 when facing short-pitched bowling.

The skipper's twin centuries at the ground were a highlight of the 2014/15 series, kicking off a campaign in which he scored 692 runs and plundered four hundreds.

But Australia and its unforgiving pitches have been kryptonite to Indian cricket, and Kohli's starring role in the last series was in a losing cause. Team management made a decision to allow the players a day off after they spent more than 150 overs in the field in a warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI which ended on Saturday.

"I just had an interview with Ricky Ponting and we went through the names of Australian Test captains over the years so it is a little bit daunting to be in a bracket with some of those guys".

"They still have the skill to dominate at home". We're drawing all the water from the soil, we're taking all the moisture out of the leaf, we're basically taking that plant all the way to the nth degree", saidLewis."And then we're trying to bring it back to life again to regrow.

There is an overwhelming sense of anticipation about the upcoming Test series between India and Australia. A couple of tough days in the field have not dented confidence, though.

Rahane and Kohli did that in the Boxing Day test on the last tour, putting together a fourth-wicket stand of 262 in India's first innings with scores of 147 and 169 respectively while illustrating their different approaches to the game.

Therefore, India could find life indeed hard Down Under.

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